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Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385934/running-wheel-for-earthworms
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W Jeffrey Wilson, Brandon A Johnson
We describe the construction and use of a running wheel responsive to the movement of the earthworm. The wheel employs readily available, inexpensive components and is easily constructed. Movement of the wheel can be monitored visually or via standard behavioral laboratory computer interfaces. Examples of data are presented, and possibilities for use in the teaching classroom are discussed.
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385933/nu-rho-psi-the-national-honor-society-in-neuroscience-a-decade-of-progress
#2
Zoe C Hesp, Graham A Cousens, Lora Becker, Michele C Zee, G Andrew Mickley
Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, celebrates its 10th anniversary by reflecting back upon a decade's worth of growth, successes, and accomplishments of its membership. Fundamentally, Nu Rho Psi seeks to engage the nation's best and brightest science students early in their educational pursuits and steer them towards future careers in neuroscience, thereby driving higher quality neuroscience education and research at all levels. This article details the history of Nu Rho Psi since its founding by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) and reviews the current programs, benefits, and future initiatives of the Society...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385932/developing-science-communication-in-africa-undergraduate-and-graduate-students-should-be-trained-and-actively-involved-in-outreach-activity-development-and-implementation
#3
Thomas K Karikari, Nat Ato Yawson, Emmanuel Quansah
Despite recent improvements in scientific research output from Africa, public understanding of science in many parts of the continent remains low. Science communication there is faced with challenges such as (i) lack of interest among some scientists, (ii) low availability of training programs for scientists, (iii) low literacy rates among the public, and (iv) multiplicity of languages. To address these challenges, new ways of training and motivating scientists to dialogue with non-scientists are essential...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385931/teaching-as-the-oldest-profession
#4
Bruce R Johnson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385930/diversity-is-inclusion
#5
Irving E Vega, Migdalisel Colón-Berlingeri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385929/career-advice-finding-a-job-at-a-predominantly-undergraduate-institution
#6
Julio J Ramirez
Seeking a teaching job at a predominantly undergraduate college or university can be a daunting proposition. Although reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that the job market for teaching positions at postsecondary institutions will be healthy over the coming decade, competition for these positions will likely be intense. This essay explores the profiles of predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), the nature of faculty positions at PUIs, the elements that make for a competitive job applicant, and strategies to consider during negotiations...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385928/case-studies-and-neuroscience-education-tools-for-effective-teaching
#7
Eric P Wiertelak, Kristen E Frenzel, Leah A Roesch
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385927/nora-s-medulla-a-problem-based-learning-case-for-neuroscience-fundamentals
#8
Leah A Roesch, Kristen Frenzel
Students work through this Problem-Based Learning Case in order to discover how Nora ended up blue lipped and non-responsive. By exploring fundamental mechanisms of neuronal communication, students examine facts, research concepts, and propose hypotheses about how Nora's physiology was disrupted to cause her respiratory distress. The dramatic context supports student learning at many levels - from systems neurophysiology to synaptic pharmacology. The case as written is used in an undergraduate course for non-science majors, but because the case focuses on basic fundamental neuroscience concepts, the case could be easily used in high school or other undergraduate courses that cover basic neuroscience...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385926/the-brain-initiative-provides-a-unifying-context-for-integrating-core-stem-competencies-into-a-neurobiology-course
#9
Jennifer E Schaefer
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative introduced by the Obama Administration in 2013 presents a context for integrating many STEM competencies into undergraduate neuroscience coursework. The BRAIN Initiative core principles overlap with core STEM competencies identified by the AAAS Vision and Change report and other entities. This neurobiology course utilizes the BRAIN Initiative to serve as the unifying theme that facilitates a primary emphasis on student competencies such as scientific process, scientific communication, and societal relevance while teaching foundational neurobiological content such as brain anatomy, cellular neurophysiology, and activity modulation...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385925/incorporating-an-erp-project-into-undergraduate-instruction
#10
Erika Nyhus, Nancy Curtis
Electroencephalogram (EEG) is a relatively non-invasive, simple technique, and recent advances in open source analysis tools make it feasible to implement EEG as a component in undergraduate neuroscience curriculum. We have successfully led students to design novel experiments, record EEG data, and analyze event-related potentials (ERPs) during a one-semester laboratory course for undergraduates in cognitive neuroscience. First, students learned how to set up an EEG recording and completed an analysis tutorial...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385924/a-quantitative-examination-of-undergraduate-neuroscience-majors-applying-and-matriculating-to-osteopathic-medical-school
#11
Raddy L Ramos, Erik Guercio, Thomas Levitan, Shannon O'Malley, Phoebe T Smith
Undergraduates choose to become neuroscience majors for a number of reasons including future career goals. Faculty and administration of undergraduate neuroscience programs understand that many neuroscience majors have aspirations of applying and matriculating to medical school (Prichard, 2015); however a quantitative understanding of this particular student population remains unknown, especially in the context of the national growth in undergraduate neuroscience education (Ramos et al., 2011). In the present report, we use medical school application data to establish a novel quantitative understanding of the number of neuroscience majors that apply and matriculate to osteopathic medical school...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385923/lights-camera-action-projects-engaging-psychopharmacology-students-in-service-based-action-projects-focusing-on-student-alcohol-abuse
#12
Susan Kennedy
Alcohol abuse continues to be an issue of major concern for the health and well-being of college students. Estimates are that over 80% of college students are involved in the campus "alcohol culture." Annually, close to 2000 students die in the United States due to alcohol-related accidents, with another 600,000 sustaining injury due to alcohol-related incidents (NIAAA, 2013). Students enrolled in a Psychopharmacology course engaged in action projects (community outreach) focused on alcohol abuse on our campus...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385922/using-cultured-mammalian-neurons-to-study-cellular-processes-and-neurodegeneration-a-suite-of-undergraduate-lab-exercises
#13
Rachel Catlin, Abigail Taylor, Lisa Ditchek, Samantha Burnett, Showkhin Khan, Olivia Todd, Marguerite Adams, Eva Touhey, Andrew Wynkoop, James Ryan
Cell culture is a powerful tool for exploring cellular function. Culturing primary neurons has revealed how neurons communicate in learning and memory (Kandel, 2006) and provided insights into the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease (Alberio et al., 2012; Trinchese, et al., 2004). Here we describe a series of four modular laboratory exercises to integrate this neuroscience technique in undergraduate teaching laboratories. First, we describe the modular approach...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385921/breadboard-amplifier-building-and-using-simple-electrophysiology-equipment
#14
Kevin M Crisp, Hunter Lin, Issa Prosper
Electrophysiology is a valuable skill for the neuroscientist, but the learning curve for students can be steep. Here we describe a very simple electromyography (EMG) amplifier that can be built from scratch by students with no electronics experience in about 30 minutes, making it ideal for incorporating into a laboratory activity. With few parts and no adjustments except the gain, students can begin physiology experiments quickly while having the satisfaction of having built the equipment themselves. Because the output of the circuit goes to a computer sound card, students can listen to electrophysiological activity as they see it on the computer screen, a feature many of our students greatly appreciated...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385920/evaluation-of-changes-in-ghanaian-students-attitudes-towards-science-following-neuroscience-outreach-activities-a-means-to-identify-effective-ways-to-inspire-interest-in-science-careers
#15
Nat Ato Yawson, Aaron Opoku Amankwaa, Bernice Tali, Velma Owusua Shang, Emmanuella Nsenbah Batu, Kwame Asiemoah, Ahmed Denkeri Fuseini, Louis Nana Tene, Leticia Angaandi, Isaac Blewusi, Makafui Borbi, Linda Nana Esi Aduku, Pheonah Badu, Henrietta Abbey, Thomas K Karikari
The scientific capacity in many African countries is low. Ghana, for example, is estimated to have approximately twenty-three researchers per a million inhabitants. In order to improve interest in science among future professionals, appropriate techniques should be developed and employed to identify barriers and correlates of science education among pre-university students. Young students' attitudes towards science may affect their future career choices. However, these attitudes may change with new experiences...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385919/illuminating-the-undergraduate-behavioral-neuroscience-laboratory-a-guide-for-the-in-vivo-application-of-optogenetics-in-mammalian-model-organisms
#16
Bradley M Roberts, Sarah E Jarrin, Brian N Mathur, Aileen M Bailey
Optogenetics is a technology that is growing rapidly in neuroscience, establishing itself as a fundamental investigative tool. As this tool is increasingly utilized across the neuroscience community and is one of the primary research techniques being presented at neuroscience conferences and in journals, we believe that it is important that this technology is introduced into the undergraduate neuroscience research laboratory. While there has been a significant body of work concentrated to deploy optogenetics in invertebrate model organisms, little to no work has focused on brining this technology to mammalian model organisms in undergraduate neuroscience laboratories...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27385918/-c-r-e-a-t-e-ing-unique-primary-source-research-paper-assignments-for-a-pleasure-and-pain-course-teaching-neuroscientific-principles-in-a-large-general-education-undergraduate-course
#17
Richard J Bodnar, Francis M Rotella, Ilyssa Loiacono, Tricia Coke, Kerstin Olsson, Alicia Barrientos, Lauren Blachorsky, Deena Warshaw, Agata Buras, Ciara M Sanchez, Raihana Azad, James R Stellar
A large (250 registrants) General Education lecture course, Pleasure and Pain, presented basic neuroscience principles as they related to animal and human models of pleasure and pain by weaving basic findings related to food and drug addiction and analgesic states with human studies examining empathy, social neuroscience and neuroeconomics. In its first four years, the course grade was based on weighted scores from two multiple-choice exams and a five-page review of three unique peer-reviewed research articles...
2016: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26557803/an-instructor-s-guide-to-some-of-the-most-amazing-papers-in-neuroscience
#18
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Ian A Harrington, William Grisham, D J Brasier, Shawn P Gallagher, Samantha S Gizerian, Rupa G Gordon, Megan H Hagenauer, Monica L Linden, Barbara Lom, Richard Olivo, Noah J Sandstrom, Shara Stough, Ilya Vilinsky, Michael C Wiest
Although textbooks are still assigned in many undergraduate science courses, it is now not uncommon, even in some of the earliest courses in the curriculum, to supplement texts with primary source readings from the scientific literature. Not only does reading these articles help students develop an understanding of specific course content, it also helps foster an ability to engage with the discipline the way its practitioners do. One challenge with this approach, however, is that it can be difficult for instructors to select appropriate readings on topics outside of their areas of expertise as would be required in a survey course, for example...
2015: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26557802/ishi-no-ue-ni-mo-san-nen-warming-to-the-changing-face-of-neuroscience-and-neuroscience-education
#19
Eric P Wiertelak
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2015: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26557801/when-all-the-giants-are-gone
#20
Ian A Harrington
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2015: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
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